(The Character of the dog comes across strongly; the dog has very ‘posh’ and superior feel to the expression)
I first met Dougie in Shoreditch, London, during an exhibition I was taking part in “Art on a Postcard”. When I saw Dougie during the event, I felt apprehensive about approaching and talking to him; after all, what was I going to say to this inspirational photographer? I finally built up the courage to talk to him; we had a short chat but as I have admired his style of work, being able to introduce myself was such a privilege.
I managed to get hold of an early copy of Dougie Wallace’s new book, ‘Well Heeled’, within this book you can see he has moved his street photography focus onto man’s best friend, the Dog. He has captured these unique furry friends being well groomed and pampered, often better then ourselves!
Dougie’s earlier book; “Harrodsburg” focuses on street portraiture, photographing the wealthy around Knightsbridge in London.
The new book is well set out, has excellent sized images in which most of them fill the whole page, they are appealing and easy on the eye. Dougie has travelled around the world to gain the photographs, including New York and Tokyo as well as photographing in London. The published images are taken at the dog’s level, giving the viewer the feeling of being completely immersed within the dog’s world. Due to the characteristics shown within their facial expressions, the dogs almost have a human feel to them, appearing more relatable. Dougie has incorporated his ‘up close and personal’ and unique style to capture the dog’s expression and individuality.
Over all, I’m very excited by Dougie’s unique images and his style of photography; his work is distinctive and identifiable from a distance. If you are interested in Dogs and in street style of photography this is definitely a book worth purchasing. This book is on my best buy list for 2017!!!
The image above is a perfect illustration of showcasing Dougie Wallace’s style and technique of street photography. The image is a snapshot of the reality of life, with my eye instantly drawn to a large brown eye of the dog on the left, the eye that is so incapsulating and a reflection of life behind the camera. With the near background a reminder of the busy hustle and bustle of the human life, presenting a juxtaposition between human evolvement and an insight in to an animal’s perceptions. The longer you glare in to this image, the more detail you see. The lighting and focussing of this image works well to grasp a viewer’s attention, but to also keep their interest.